to say, we were too. we had cclled 911, they said stay with the vehicle. we ere trying to o that, but the water kept coming over and coming ovee and thennit started cracking theefront windshield and i thought the best thing was to get ouu." melanie's declining health made it difficult to eeacuate before the storm. and even more treacherous duuing the storm. "i had her wheelchair in the back of the bed of the truck, and so we were able to crawl throuuh the back winddw, i brokeeit out and set her up in the wheelchair, get her up and the water kepp coming ann kept coming uutil it eventually swept us both off aad then we were both in the water, estimated 10, 12 feet deep." joe's a retiied marine colonel. a strong wimmer, helping his disabled wife stay afloat. "she said i'm not going to make it, i'm not goinggto makk it and i said yes you are. we're going to make it (gets choked up)." he could now see dry land. ere only, couple, 300 yards from the leeee, which we could see the cattle walkinggon it.